Many people don’t realize they are infected with a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and pass it to someone without knowing. You have the freedom to choose. Sex is not love, but sometimes it can feel like it. REAL love is about commitment; a relationship that values you as a person – heart, mind, dreams, emotions! True intimacy takes time. Saving sex for marriage is the best decision. It may be hard at times, but remember you are not only protecting yourself, and your future, you are enduring the most gratifying sex imaginable with your future spouse.

So here’s the reality: young people who have sex often experience emotional difficulties such as regret, anger, guilt, and depression. There are more than 25 Sexually Transmitted Infections, some have NO cure. STI’s are spread by skin-to-skin contact, oral sex and vaginal sex. Condoms do not eliminate the risk of contracting some STI’s like HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Herpes is a virus and cannot be cured. You can spread it even when you have no symptoms. Condoms, even when used perfectly, don’t always prevent pregnancy or STI’s.

Waiting for sex is a decision that’s packed with positive benefits. Even if you’ve already had sex, it’s not too late to decide to wait to have sex again. Instead of struggling with emotions like regret or depression, wait for sex and give yourself a chance to feel free, independent, LOVED, respected, healthy, and happy!